‘Sex Education’ tackles serious topics in cool, ‘quirky’ way


Isabella Johnsen

The Netflix Original “Sex Education” makes talking about difficult topics less taboo.

Netflix’s original series “Sex Education” aired in January of 2019 and while its vulgar nature may be frowned upon the show lives up to its title, for in the most recent season the show has offered a lot of educational aspects. The show follows the life of sixteen year old boy Otis who starts a business at his school of being a sex therapist for confused and struggling teens. The show has two seasons and is rumored to be renewed for a third, but in the shows short time of being on Netflix it has tackled topics like sexual assault, fear of coming out and drug/alcohol abuse.

In January 2020 “Sex Education” took a big leap in their newest season by not only maintaining the quirky storyline, but also introducing harsher topics that become resloved over the course of the season. When dealing with the topic of sexual assault one of the main characters Amy was groped on a bus by a random man, which then led to her developing a fear of taking the bus. This was an important character development in the story because Amy dealt with the trauma of her situation by pushing away her boyfriend and friends, but then as the season progressed she gained closure and stood up for herself.

Another modern topic they touched on had to deal with coming out and the struggles people in the LGBTQ+ community have to face when coming to terms with their sexuality or gender identity. They closely follow the storyline of Adam and Eric, who have had an intense emotional connection since the first season, but Eric was the only one openly gay. In the most recent season Adam came to terms with his sexuality and began to accept himself for who he always knew he was.

While all shows have room for improvement I think it is safe to say that “Sex Education” has shined through and shown to be extremely influential and educational for teens growing up in this day and age. It’s important for media outlets to show young adults how to handle situations and tough topics in order to support them in their own endeavors. Personally, I think “Sex Education” will teach teens more about life than most sophomore health classes ever will.